Jayhawks in the News | Oct. 6

Posted on Oct 6, 2017 in Alumni News and News

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Find out what fellow Jayhawks are up to in our biweekly edition of “In the News.” It’s like an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.

Kansas releases rendering for stunning $300 million football renovation | HERO Sports

KU alumnus David Booth — who made headlines for purchasing James Naismith’s rules of basketball and donating them to the school — made a $50 million pledge to the fundraising campaign, the largest single donation in school history.
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Member of KU’s 2008 NCAA title team joins Texas Wesleyan hoops staff | Kansas City Star

Former Kansas guard Brady Morningstar was named assistant men’s basketball coach at defending NAIA Division I national champion Texas Wesleyan, Rams’ head coach Brennen Shingleton announced.
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Exhibition of Native American nude paintings hopes to ‘tear down’ a cultural taboo | Lawrence.com

Native American Body of Art is an exhibition featuring 30-plus nude paintings of Native Americans by nine Native American artists from different tribes. Brent Learned, a Cheyenne/Arapaho artist from Oklahoma City and a 1993 University of Kansas graduate, conceived the idea for the show.
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Donor David Booth explains his $50M gift for KU football stadium | KUSports.com

In a 20-minute interview shortly before the opening kickoff of Saturday’s football game at Memorial Stadium, won by West Virginia, 56-34, David Booth explained his gift, the biggest gift in the history of the athletic department.
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IRT receives largest individual gift to date, names artist residence in perpetuity | Indiana Repertory Theatre

John and Sarah Lechleiter have given $2.5 million to honor James Still’s 20th season as IRT’s Playwright-in-Residence and officially name the James Still Playwright-in-Residence position in perpetuity though the designation of The James Still Playwright-in-Residence Fund. Still is 1982 graduate of the University of Kansas.
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Ex-Jayhawk Tony Guy battled Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson | KUSports.com

Former KU basketball player Tony Guy was no stranger to guarding all-time great basketball players. He guarded both Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson during his KU career.
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Rock Chalk, Buffalo: McAlester to induct former Jayhawk Case | McAlester News-Capital

Former Kansas basketball player Jeremy Case was inducted into the McAlester Athletics Hall of Fame. Case — who majored in communications and was twice named to the academic All-Big 12 first team — ended his Kansas career in 2008, when the Jayhawks won the national championship.
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Band director reminisces on time as Marching Jayhawk | University Daily Kansan

Sharon Toulouse, assistant director of bands at the University, helps round up alumni for the halftime performance. Toulouse is an alumna herself and even performed with the KU Alumni Band in the past.
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Allan Allford learns business skills at the age of 12 | Phoenix Business Journal

Allan Allford, president and CEO of Delta Dental, explains how he ended up with a Jayhawk statue, lessons he’s learned in the business world, and what he does in his spare time.
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‘Lifelong KU cheerleader’ also remembered as dedicated Red Cross, election volunteer | LJWorld.com

Margaret Shirk, a longtime KU Alumni Association volunteer, died Sept. 15 at 100 years of age. Shirk was well known for her service to the Red Cross, local election duties, and her dedication to KU basketball. Alumni might remember parties at Shirk’s Barn.
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Alumnus’ $500,000 gift to fund new law professor at KU | LJWorld.com

A $500,000 gift from a University of Kansas School of Law alumnus will create a new professorship in honor of the late KU professor William R. Scott, KU Endowment recently announced.
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Debra MH McLaughlin sworn in as Eastern Panhandle’s newest judge | Herald-Mail Media

Debra MH McLaughlin was sworn in as the 23rd Judicial Circuit’s newest judge during a ceremony at the Morgan County, West Virginia, courthouse. She has served as Morgan County’s top prosecutor since 2002 and graduated from the KU School of Law in 1993.
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McLaughlin reflects, prepares to be sworn in | The Journal

As Debra MH McLaughlin packed up her office, she reflected on her career so far as an assistant prosecutor and prosecuting attorney for Morgan County since 2002.
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Public administration professor collects major awards | KU News

Distinguished Professor Rosemary O’Leary collected three lifetime achievement awards in public administration this summer. This makes her the only scholar to win all five major lifetime achievement awards in the field.
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Rockers assumes chair of ABA Business Law section | Husch Blackwell

Christopher J. Rockers, partner in Husch Blackwell’s Kansas City office, assumed the role of Chair of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section during its annual meeting in Chicago September 14-16. He graduated from the KU School of Law in 1984.
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Catherine McGuire to retire after more than 40 years at the SEC | Mondovisione

Catherine McGuire, Counsel in the Division of Trading and Markets, retired after 44 years at the SEC. McGuire is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Kansas School of Law, which honored her with the Distinguished Alumna Award in 2004.
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KU Alumni Association honors two recipients of Fred Ellsworth Medallion

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 in Alumni News and News


The 2014 recipients of the Fred Ellsworth Medallion for extraordinary service to the University of Kansas are Jay Howard of Austin, Texas, and Margaret Shirk of Lawrence. The KU Alumni Association will honor them Sept. 19 during the fall meeting of the national Board of Directors. Since 1975, the medallions have recognized KU volunteers who have continued the tradition of service established by Ellsworth, the Association’s longest-serving chief executive.

Howard, a Salina native, graduated in 1979 from the KU School of Business. He is president of JDH Investments in Austin. As a student, he guided Student Union Activities as president; as a graduate, he has served as a volunteer for the KU Memorial Unions, the Alumni Association and KU Endowment. Currently he is an Endowment trustee and a steering committee member for the Far Above campaign. Howard and his wife, Julia, are members of the Chancellors Club, and they have supported a variety of KU programs, including a professorship in humanities and Western Civilization honoring his parents, Jack and Shirley Rice Howard, who graduated from KU in 1951. Howard also has pledged $1 million from his estate to support the Alumni Association.

For the Alumni Association, he served on the national board of directors from 2003 to 2012 and led the organization as national chair from 2010 to ’11. During those years, he worked with KU leaders and Kevin Corbett, Association president, to develop the Jayhawk Generations Scholarship for academically qualified students from out-of-state KU families. The Jayhawk Generations program began in 2009.

“Jay has been a leader, a philanthropist, a mentor and a friend to many staff, students and alumni across the country,” Corbett said. “He has given his talents, resources and time to make KU the best university it can be.”

Howard’s service to the Alumni Association began in 2000, when he became an alumni representative to the KU Memorial Unions, returning to the organization he had served in the student president of SUA. In 2003, he provided gifts for the Traditions Tower, a focal point of the Kansas Union renovation that features views of the campus and plaques honoring KU students, faculty and staff members for their leadership. At the base of the tower on the first floor is the Rock Chalk Stone, a tribute to KU’s famous chant.

Shirk earned her KU degree in economics in 1939. As a student, she knew Ellsworth and began volunteering to help the Alumni Association during Commencement and alumni reunions. She became a part-time staff member in 1945, working for 25 years, but her service continued long beyond her employment. She received the Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award in 1989 as a longtime volunteer; the honor is named for her friend Clodfelter, a 1941 KU alumna who worked for the Association for 42 years and retired in 1986. They hosted many alumni events together.

Shirk and her husband, David, were married for 69 years before his death in 2009. A 1939 KU graduate, he led the KU football team as captain before starting his career a high school teacher and coach. Following his retirement, the Shirks returned to Lawrence and the family farm, where she continues to live. Through the years, the Shirks invited many prospective KU students to their home, and they hosted countless parties for fraternities, sororities and other KU groups. The mention of “Shirks’ Barn” conjures memories for generations of Jayhawks.

The Shirks have contributed to the University through KU Endowment as members of the Chancellors Club, and they supported Kansas Athletics through the Williams Education Fund and as season ticketholders for football and basketball. She still attends KU games.

“One of the most powerful attributes that Margaret has is the sense of family and friendship,” said Dale Seuferling, KU Endowment president. “It really impressed me over the years, watching the 50-year classes returning for their reunions and seeing faces light up because Margaret knew them and knew their families. All those connections came forth, making alumni feel so tied to the University through Margaret.”

Since 1975, 151 KU alumni and friends have received the Fred Ellsworth Medallion.

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